The measure of a good teacher is how well he or she can take complicated topics and narrow them to the point that anyone can understand them. It’s not about looking smart–it’s about being effective. When it comes to coaching cues less is always more.
Too bad we can’t say the same for this gem of a picture. Yikes! Getcha Some!
Let’s take a second to regroup and look at something awesome. Behold!
|Once a grizzly bear threatened to eat Chuck Norris. Chuck showed the bear his fist and the bear proceeded to eat himself, because it would be the less painful way to die.
Sadly, the bear from the video met the same fate.
We were talking about coaching cues–I didn’t forget. Sometimes my ADHD gets the best of me! On task now, and here we go!
Coaching (and learning) the squat isn’t as complicated as it seems. The problem is there are a lot of convoluted cues used to teach a simple movement. Controlling for limitations in mobility and stability (this is why we assess, yes even ourselves), two cues are all that’s necessary for a successful squat: hip hinge and push your knees out.
Check out the video.
Hip hinging puts your torso and hips at the right angle to descend into the bottom position. Thinking about pushing your knees out results in good knee tracking and recruitment of the posterior chain (you’ll better recruit your glutes and hamstrings). Only thinking about two things keeps you from over analyzing the movement and suffering paralysis by analysis.
Start using these cues when you begin teaching, or learning, the squat. Drill them over and over so when a heavy bar is mixed into the equation the mechanics are automatic. Then you’ll have a magical blend of iron and human achievement!
I can’t take all the credit for these cues. My good friend, Brad Martin, of Diesel Strength and Conditioning coached me with these cues a few months back–I’ve been using them since. I decided the best thing to do is pay it forward to you kind folks.
The brilliance of these cues comes from their simplicity. When in doubt condense the information.